- Jeffrey Goldberg @ The Atlantic: It's Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin.
- David Corn @ Mother Jones: How Paul Manafort Tried to BS Me — and the World.
- Michelle Goldberg @ Slate: Better Know an RNC White Supremacist: Matt Forney.
- Andrew Kaczynski @ BuzzFeed: Mike Pence In 2002: “Condoms Are A Very, Very Poor Protection” Against STDs.
- Simon Maloy @ Salon: Mike Pence’s Iraq lie: The VP candidate (wrongly) announced the discovery of WMDs.
- James Dobson has officially endorsed Donald Trump.
- Roger Ailes has resigned from Fox News.
- Phyllis Schlafly says we don’t ever need a female president: “Our greatest presidents have all been men, and they’ve been very good for our country.”
- Elizabeth Lee Vliet warns that voting for Hillary Clinton “may well cost you your life.”
According to the Associated Press, Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio “has snagged a coveted speaking spot on the final night of the Republican National Convention.”
Arpaio, who has campaigned alongside Donald Trump, was recently found "in civil contempt of court for violating three of his orders stemming" from a "long-running racial-profiling case" where he is accused of targeting Hispanic residents.
Just yesterday, Arpaio was stripped of some of his oversight authority and has asked the federal judge presiding over the profiling case for leniency as he will "learn as soon as Friday whether he’ll be referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution for contempt of court. "
Racial profiling is just one of a long list of abuses committed by Arpaio and his office.
Arpaio brags about running a "concentration camp" for his detainees and has a record of withholding basic medical care from prisoners and flouting sanitary standards. His office has reportedly ignored over 400 sex-crime cases, targeted Latino residents and neighborhoods, stalked Latina women and retaliated against those who criticized Arpaio.
In one case, members of Arpaio’s department staged a hoax assassination attempt against the sheriff to enhance his popularity, framing an innocent man in the process. Arpaio hired people with records of domestic violence and child sex crimes to work in his armed "posse" guarding schools in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
The sheriff also tapped birther conspiracy theorists to form a "cold case posse" to investigate the truth behind President Obama's birth certificate, and unsurprisingly concluded that it was a fake.
It is no wonder, then, why Arpaio has become a Republican icon
While reacting to the recent shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, former House GOP Leader Tom DeLay said that “the president has blood on his hands” because he hasn’t denounced the Black Lives Matter movement.
DeLay told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg earlier this week that “these cops’ blood are on his hands” because President Obama supports a movement “that calls for the death of cops.” Of course, Black Lives Matter has never called for the murder of police officers.
“There is no statistic anywhere that shows as a trend or as a worldview that cops in this country are biased or racist or go after blacks just because they’re blacks,” DeLay said. “There is nothing that shows that that is the case, and for the president of the United States to support what Black Lives Matter is doing is going to cause more deaths amongst our cops in this country.”
For months, Donald Trump has faced questions about his philanthropic giving, or lack thereof, as more and more evidence shows that the business mogul gives very, very, very little money to charity even though he often brags about making huge donations.
But according to his son, Eric Trump, charitable giving is “the barometer by which we will be measured for our time here on earth,” as he told members of the Republican National Convention last night:
…I often think about the legacy I wish to leave my children, and to me, there are few things that I hold closer to my heart than charity. For me, it's the essence of who we are as human beings. It's the barometer by which we will be measured for our time here on earth. As Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?' When at 22 years old I founded the Eric Trump Foundation, to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, an incredible, incredible organization. I run my foundation based on the principles my father taught me: honesty, integrity, and values. I expect other charities to be run by the same moral code, not serve as conduit for personal enrichment, not become a beacon of corruption and scandal.
As David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post reported, when asked this week, Eric couldn’t remember a single instance in which his father personally donated to his charity, despite having previously said that the elder Trump had contributed generously:
Last week, Eric Trump said that his own charitable foundation had received "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in personal donations from his father.
But on Monday, Eric Trump said he could not name a single instance when Donald Trump had given such a gift.
"I’m sure there have been but without going back through 10 years, I wouldn’t remember check for check off the top of my head," Eric Trump wrote in an email message to The Washington Post.
Why had he asserted that his father had given his charity hundreds of thousands of dollars, if now he didn't remember it ever happening?
"Just to be clear, I never said no," Eric Trump wrote in a late-evening email on Monday, meaning he hadn't said that Donald Trump had not given the Eric Trump Foundation a personal gift.
But Eric Trump said he was too busy to look for evidence that would back up his earlier statements: "I have a lot going on — I just don't have the time. Good luck with the story," he wrote.
It is sad to see Dinesh D’Souza, once considered by many to be a “conservative intellectual,” continue to drift to the far-right fringe. In yet the latest example of this, D'Souza appeared yesterday on Alex Jones’ bizarre conspiracy theory program to discuss his new film on Hillary Clinton.
D’Souza, who claims that Clinton is trying to “steal America,” apparently forgot about the American principle of the right to be represented by an attorney, as he criticized Clinton for representing an alleged rapist in a 1975 trial while she was working as a lawyer in Arkansas.
Referring to an audio recording of Clinton discussing the trial, D’Souza misrepresented Clinton’s remarks and even said he heard “the voice of evil" in the tape.
“And for me, it’s knowing about how psychopaths and sociopaths are,” Jones added. “They have this real self, but everything else is like fake to manipulate. When she goes to California and speaks to Latino groups, she puts on this fake Latino voice. When she goes to Kentucky, she goes, ‘How you doin’ there, boy,’ like she’s, you know, Grandma Clampett getting some possum grits. I mean, it’s like I wouldn’t hang around with anybody that when they got around different groups, talked a different way. I mean, it is bizarre to show that that’s what psychopaths do – and I think she’s a psychopath, I think she’s a full-blown psychopath – is that they do feel this need to just put on these fake acts. It’s very creepy.”
“I think so,” D’Souza added. “And I think she might even have gotten some of this from Bill, because Bill is the master of it.”
D’Souza continued, “People have heard, ‘I did not have sex with that woman,’ but what they actually haven’t heard is you go back and play the old tapes where Bill and Hillary were both confronted with all this stuff and the kind of silky nonsense they put out there, at one point, I think it was Steve Kroft says to the Clintons, ‘Well, you know, I think Americans can kind of accept that you guys, whatever your problems, you’ve worked it out, you’ve made some kind of arrangement, and then Bill jumps in. He goes, ‘Arrangement? We don’t have an arrangement, we love each other. We have a marriage. It’s totally different.’”
Jones interjected: “Yeah, she’s not banging three chicks a day like me too.”
Later, Jones defended Roger Ailes against reports that Megyn Kelly said he had sexually harassed her, claiming that Kelly has “Jezebelian energy” and is secretly “an agent for the Clintons.”
“Well, that’s why Megyn Kelly – I don’t want to get off on a jag – I’ve watched her, I see her on that sinister power trip, it’s that Jezebelian energy, and, you know, Roger Ailes made her who she is,” Jones said. “To see her say, ‘He hugged me once too hard and I want him taken out,’ and I know, because I have the inside baseball, it is from the Clintons, there are talking points, people are being threatened, I’ve talked to the host. And it’s like wow, she really is an agent of the Clintons and all that stuff with Trump and it’s like seeing her join with evil, now, this is a thousand times worse with Hillary, obviously, but it’s just, it’s the creepiness. It’s the dishonor of it. It’s the sliminess that really tells you what we’re dealing with is a bunch of evil people.”
Although Jones said he lacks the energy to control other people, “these evil people” like the Clintons “enjoy… running other people’s lives, knowing what you’re doing, controlling you, ruining you, just because they’re quite frankly jealous of you, and they’re jealous of America, they’re jealous of free market, they’re jealous of open, free societies, compared to everything else, not saying we’re perfect. It’s like what you said in your first film, they want mount our head on the wall.”
In a radio interview at the Republican National Convention today, right-wing author Ann Coulter took credit for Donald Trump's campaign kickoff speech in which he blasted immigrants as “criminals” and “rapists,” while insisting that she doesn't promote racism.
While speaking with Wisconsin talk radio host Charlie Sykes, who is broadcasting from the convention, Coulter claimed that after Trump got a copy of her anti-immigrant book “Adios America!,” he incorporated her material into his infamous speech, or as Sykes put it, started “channeling his inner Ann Coulter.”
Coulter, however, took issue with Sykes when he said that her book promoted a “racist meme” about immigrants.
“My answer is F.U., Charlie Sykes, how dare you?” Coulter responded.
“There’s nothing racist about anything I say,” she said. “To be pro-American is racist?”
Coulter went on to allege that while Americans “should be arrogant about our culture,” students today endure “Chinese-style brainwashing from kindergarten through college” that teaches that “American culture is the worst culture in the world” and claimed that it is now a “hate crime to try to assimilate people.” She also cited Ben Franklin’s criticism of German immigrants to show that restricting immigration is necessary to protect America’s British-inspired culture.
Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc., said that a Donald Trump presidency would be “a very scary thing” when it comes to foreign policy, reacting to Trump’s latest comments to The New York Times that he wouldn’t necessarily honor NATO’s Article V if Russia invaded a NATO member.
“There’s no question in analyzing Donald Trump, the toughest thing to agonize over is what he’s going to do on foreign policy,” Grothman said while speaking today with radio host Charlie Sykes, adding that he was hopeful that vice presidential nominee Mike Pence “would have a lot of influence” in a future Trump administration so that Trump would not endanger global safety.
A dumbfounded Grothman, a Trump supporter, warned that Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. should not abide by its commitments to allies would create a less safe world and invite a Russian invasion of its European neighbors.
“I think you could almost say it’s a very good chance we’re going to see Russian tanks” in Europe, Grothman said.
Sykes noted that if President Obama made the same comments about NATO and the turmoil in Turkey, Republicans would be up in arms.
Tom DeLay: GOP Should Leave Supreme Court With Eight Justices Until A Republican Is Elected President
Earlier this week, former House GOP Leader Tom DeLay told radio host Steve Malzberg that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, Senate Republicans should continue to obstruct the judicial nominating process and simply refuse to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
DeLay, who has so far refused to endorse Donald Trump, tried to play down fears about the judicial nominations of a potential President Clinton by saying that if enough conservatives are elected to Congress, “it doesn’t matter who is president, the Senate can control” which judicial appointees get confirmed.
“There’s nothing in the Constitution that says you have to have nine justices,” he said. “We can go another four years with eight.”
Yesterday, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer criticized the Republican National Convention for allowing Sajid Tarar of American Muslims for Trump to deliver a closing prayer on the second day of the convention.
“The Republican Party last night allowed a demonic power to be invited into its building,” he said.
Fischer said Republicans at the event “collectively committed the sin of idolatry” by observing the prayer and committed a “dangerous” act by inviting “a demon-God into its party.”
“Multiculturalism, ladies and gentlemen, is simply a six syllable words for cultural suicide,” he continued, pleading with the party to “clean up this mess” by asking a Christian preacher to pray over the event.
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